Our Plan

Issue 04

Standing up to Union Thuggery

The Liberal and Nationals Government is tackling union lawlessness and thuggery. We are taking action to make union bosses more transparent and accountable.

TACKLING CFMMEU THUGGERY

We have reformed the building industry, including restoring the Australian Building and Construction Commission.

This protects 1.1 million construction workers and 350,000 small businesses from CFMMEU thuggery.

The ABCC will also address the high rate of industrial disputes in construction (around five times the average of all industries). This is estimated to add around 30% to the costs of schools, hospitals and other vital infrastructure.

MORE ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY

We have introduced a new Registered Organisations Commission.

This protects 2 million workers belonging to a union or employer group, by requiring these groups to be as transparent and accountable as companies.

This regulator will shine a light and take action against rorts and rip-offs that have undermined the confidence of honest workers.

BANNING SECRET PAYMENTS

In recent years, evidence has emerged of a raft of dodgy payments – some involving payments by employers to the AWU when Mr Shorten was its leader.

We have banned secret and corrupt payments between employers and unions.

PROTECTING OWNER-OPERATOR TRUCKIES

We took action to protect 35,000 owner-operator truck drivers by abolishing the (so-called) Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, established by Bill Shorten, which was threatening to drive them out of business.

PROTECTING VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS

We have changed the law to protect 60,000 Country Fire Authority volunteer firefighters from a hostile union takeover.

LABOR – BEHOLDEN TO UNION BOSSES

In each of these cases, Bill Shorten put the interests of union bosses ahead of everyday Australians and our economy.

Since Bill Shorten became Labor leader, unions have donated $31 million to Labor. Mr Shorten is allowing law-breaking unions to determine his agenda.

This is despite the fact that (as at November 2018) there are currently 68 CFMMEU representatives before the courts which in recent years have issued the CFMMEU (previously CFMEU) over $16.3 million in fines for breaking industrial law.

Under Labor, union law breakers will become law makers.

They will demand more power to strike, more power to enter businesses and inspect their books and more deals to entrench their money flow and power.

By contrast, the Liberal and Nationals Government have made a clear statement. We will stand up to union lawlessness and thuggery.

We will stand up for small businesses, taxpayers and our economy.

Information current as at November 2018